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Slain Soldier’s Family Wants Answers From Pentagon

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Posted on Oct 4, 2007
Ciara Durkin

Last Friday, National Guard Spc. Ciara Durkin was found dead on her U.S. base in Afghanistan with a single gunshot wound in her head.  Now, her family is looking for answers and wondering why the U.S. military isn’t offering details about the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death.

The Raw Story:

Ciara Durkin warned her family before returning to Afghanistan, “If anything happens to me, you guys make sure it gets investigated.”

What seemed a joke at the time could have been eerily prescient as Durkin, a National Guard specialist, was found dead, shot once in the head, within the fortified walls of Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The Pentagon is releasing no details aside from confirmation that Durkin’s was a “non-combat” death.

“We just want full disclosure,” Durkin’s sister Deirdre said on CBS’s Early Show Thursday.

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By lr, October 5, 2007 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
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OUTRAGEOUS! How do we get a legit investigation?  I’ve heard Cheney/Bush are getting ready to launch a new promotion to let people know why we need to fight in Afghanistan. This is a PR disaster to them.

My condolences to the family.

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By RAE, October 5, 2007 at 10:23 am Link to this comment

“Now, her family is looking for answers and wondering why the U.S. military isn’t offering details about the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death.”

The military, ANY military, is in the BUSINESS of MURDERING PEOPLE ANY WAY THEY CAN, then lying about it any way they can, and caring not a whit about the dead during the entire process. But they sure make it sound glamorous, exciting, and an honorable thing to do.

The INSTANT soldiers become disabled they become a major liability - dead weight so-to-speak, and the sooner all traces of them ever existing disappears the better. If it takes lies to the barking dogs to accomplish this, so what?

What astounds me is why MILLIONS line up to join up - to present themselves as cannon fodder for the likes of the scum inhabiting the Bush administration.

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By Dale Headley, October 5, 2007 at 10:23 am Link to this comment
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Get real!  This country is owned, lock, stock, and barrel, by the military industrial complex that Eisenhower presciently warned us about.  If the army chooses to cover this up, it will stay covered up.  Now, if she had been somebody prominent, like Pat Tillman, it might have been different; but she was just an expendable cog in the defense industry’s money machine.

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By farmertx, October 5, 2007 at 10:14 am Link to this comment

This sad case is what happens when greed rules.
There is no telling what she had uncovered. That there are many things to uncover goes without saying.
And in a sense, this goes beyond party politics, as anything concerning the Military in time of combat operations can be corrupted, regardless of who is in office.
Yes, the Shrub Administration with its mania for secrecy and refusal to allow oversight enables such corruption easier than others might would have enabled it.
And Shrubs’ people are more concerned with What’s In It For Me? than the average.
Pat Tillmans’ case showed how responsive the Pentagon will be in such cases. They will lie and stonewall until some journalist uncovers the truth, then some Sgt. or 1st Lt. will be offered up to appease folks.
Meanwhile, Shrub is getting to bed early and often, sleeping soundly through the night and waking up the next morning even richer than before, all the while saying Just Trust Me. And caring not a whit if folks do or don’t trust him, because he is above answering for his mistakes and unbelievablely poor judgment.
And now that the Courts’ are ruling against his being able to hide all his papers detailing his malfesance in office, the shredder’s will be going full tilt, while interns prepare sham documents to include in his Library. Gotta have something in there besides that one book he colored with Pigpens’ guidence.

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By grousefeather, October 5, 2007 at 7:01 am Link to this comment
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Good luck!

Notice how we still haven’t heard the details of Pat Tillman’s murder? He was shot three times in the forehead at close range and that’s all we know. The matter has been dropped as a topic in the media.

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By Don Stivers, October 4, 2007 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

Sad that the people who represent us, work for us and “defend” us, cannot tell the truth about anything.

They forget who they work for and who pays the bills.

Our whole country is an outrage!

What a bunch of lowlifes.  What scum.

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By QuyTran, October 4, 2007 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment

Is “non-combat” death meant that she has been massacred by friendly fire ? Only all the butchers at Defense Department can respond to this inquiry.

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By dasm, October 4, 2007 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment
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“Non-combat” death??  What the hell?  Are they saying it’s murder?  Suicide?  Why is it that families can never get any answers from the military/Pentagon/etc.?  Their child is dead, under suspicious circumstances, and no one will provide details?  Hopefully families all over the country read this article & realize that her words- “If anything happens to me, you guys make sure it gets investigated.” are so terribly important, and that families cannot trust the military to ever- EVER- investigate thoroughly.  My thoughts are with this family for their loss.  A tragic loss, now compounded by governmednts groups either lying or hiding the truth.  I would be enraged.

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